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The removal of the Dobson fire siren
yesterday signals the end of an era for the
town’s fire station.
Brunnerton Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief fire officer Rob Lunn said it was all
part of the refurbishment of the station
which had been ongoing over the past 15
The old siren was left over from World
War Two and was known as a ‘five mile
siren’ because the sound projected over
five miles (8km).
The machinery will be refurbished and
used at another fire station on the West
Coast, while Dobson will receive a new
siren to be located in Manawatu Street.
Mr Lunn said the refurbishment would
improve safety in the workplace and
strengthen against earthquakes.
PICTURE: Martin Hills
Plans to field New Zealand entrants
in all 14 rowing events at next year’s
Rio Olympics are threatened by a drive
by government officials to deregister
potentially hundreds of sporting bodies
from the register of charities.
Rowing New Zealand, which supported
this week’s Halberg Awards supreme
winners Hamish Bond and Eric Murray,
says the move threatens its plan to raise $1
million from philanthropic donors to send
more rowers to Rio than it has fielded in
Swimming New Zealand has been
deregistered already on the same grounds
that its promotion of competitive
swimming is ‘an end in itself ’ and is not
Its chief executive Christian Renford
said the change might force cuts in water
safety and learn-to-swim programmes. He
has called a meeting with other sporting
codes on Monday to discuss a cross-sports
The 50 members of the 117-year-old
Cambridge Bowling Club are bewildered
by a letter from the Internal Affairs
Department ’s Charities Ser vices saying
their club will be deregistered unless they
provide evidence by Monday proving their
activities are charitable.
Club president Eric Redder, 77, said
most members were elderly and the club
needed charitable status to raise money,
such as about $200,000 it is seeking from
philanthropic trusts for new turf on a
He was at the club this week hosting
students from St Peter’s School, who use
the club without charge and compete in
secondary school bowling championships.
“The club looks after the community. We
have a business-house tournament for six
nights. We go round the town and we try
and get teams of different businesses to
come down and play bowls, and they love
it,” he said.
More than 1800 sporting bodies are
registered charities. Donors can get tax
rebates and the bodies can raise money
from some philanthropic trusts that give
only to registered charities.
Parliament amended the Charities Act in
2012 specifically to include the promotion
of amateur sport as a charitable purpose “if
it is a means by which a charitable purpose
listed in (the definition of charitable
purposes) is pursued”.
But officials are insisting sports bodies on
the register must fit within the definition
of charitable purposes, which is defined
in a 414-year-old law as including “every
charitable purpose, whether it relates to
the relief of poverty, the advancement of
education or religion, or any other matter
beneficial to the community”.
Court decisions since have interpreted
this last phrase to include only activities
that fit within the “spirit” of charitable
activities listed in the preamble to the
Elizabethan law, and that directly benefit
a sufficient section of the community, not
just club members or elite athletes.
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family wish to sincerely
thank everyone who sent
flowers, messages and
cards, called personally,
telephoned or supported
the family in other ways
during this sad time.
Special thanks to Mary
Mason for the service.
Our thanks also to
St John Ambulance,
and CCU staff for their
care. Please accept this
as a personal acknow-
— February 14, 1985.
— July 2, 1977.
Remembered with love
Shirley, Les and
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will be sadly missed. In
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Sports clubs no longer charities
School gala days could soon become
a thing of the past as parent-teacher
groups increasingly skip fundraisers
and ask for a cash handout.
Time-poor parents across the
country are being offered the option
to pay an extra fee on top of their
annual donation after many PTAs
struggled to attract volunteers for
events that traditionally raise money
for the school.
Principals say with more families
where two parents work fulltime, the
schemes make sense. Some parents
are refusing to give the extra cash, but
most agree that it’s only fair for those
who lack the time to make it up in
At Blockhouse Bay, a decile 7 school
in West Auckland, the PTA is asking
parents for a $40 donation.
Principal Neil Robinson said their
aim was to maintain funding support
which over the past few years
allowed the school to heat the school
pool and build three new playgrounds
but lighten the load on the small
group of parents on the PTA.
“ What we’ve found over the last
couple of years is that the ability of
parents to commit time to fundraising
events is getting less and less,” Mr
Robinson said. “It’s not that they’re
lazy and don’t care but in lots of
families both parents work.
“ For example, we have a lot of
families where grandparents are the
ones picking kids up from school.”
Mr Robinson said most of the
feedback so far had been positive,
although there would always be those
Parents the Herald spoke to
supported the policy.
Kyb Sweetman, mother of nine-
year-old student Lucia Sweetman,
said she was a regular at many of the
school’s fundraising events as she
worked part-time and had the time to
attend. She also enjoyed helping out at
fundraisers, she said.
“I don’t mind the changes, I think
events just because I like to help.
My older daughter used to go to this
school too and I think it ’s good to
help the community that way.”
Antonios Gossen said he too was
happy to contribute extra towards the
“ It ’s good so people who can’t come
or don’t have the time can still help. ”
Plimmerton School PTA chairman,
Frank Simmons, said the Wellington
school was another where parents
were offered the option to give a
donation instead of helping out.
“Fundraising is a lot of hard work.
And there are some parents who make
a huge effort and some parents who
don’t,” Mr Simmons said.
High schools are also offering the
Epsom Girls Grammar ask for a $30
donation each year.
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Schools skip galas, ask for cash handouts
Time poor parents asked for cash donation
A United States icebreaker
is just 7.4km away from a
fishing vessel trapped by ice
in Antarctica with 13 New
Zealanders on board.
The Antarctic Chieftain, a
63m-long toothfishing vessel
owned by Australian Longline
Pty, requested assistance from
The Rescue Coordination
Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ)
on Wednesday, after it damaged
three of its four propellers and
became trapped in ice.
The vessel was about 1700km
from McMurdo Sound, on the
eastern edge of New Zealand’s
search and rescue region.
Yesterday, it was confirmed
that of the crew of 26 on board,
13 were New Zealanders.
US Coastguard icebreaker
Polar Star was 7.4km from the
site, and would now prepare to
help free the vessel.
Spokeswoman for RCCNZ,
Sarah Brazil, said the Polar Star
was in the process of deploying
a remotely operated under water
vehicle (ROV ), to assess the
“ It ’s going to look at the three
damaged blades of the propeller
and assess whether the Antarctic
Chieftain is capable of making
it own way through the
ice, or whether they will have to
rig tow wires to extract the
“At the moment the Polar Star
is not moving, it’s stationery
while it’s deploying this ROV,
so we will see what the situation
is and what the next step is
going to be.”
Ms Brazil said the crew was
not at risk, and had plenty of
supplies on board.
The New Zealand-flagged
fishing boat, Janas, was also
heading to the area to provide
assistance if required.
Icebreaker sends ROV
to inspect trapped boat
The married man caught in a
steamy office encounter with a
co-worker is “fighting tooth and
nail” to keep his insurance job.
The man, in his late 40s with
two teenage children, has been
told by bosses at Christchurch
firm Marsh Ltd not to comment
about the incident which created
headlines around the world.
He has not been back to work
for two weeks, since the late-
night romp on January 30 that
was witnessed and filmed by
dozens of drinkers at the Carlton
Bar and Eatery in Papanui Road.
“ I can’t talk about it at all,” he
said when he answered the door
at his Sumner home yesterday.
He refused to say whether he
hoped to get his job back or
whether his wife was standing by
him. “ I really can’t say anything,”
Bosses at Marsh Ltd identified
the pair and have started an
An insurance industry insider
said the man was desperate to
save his senior management
“He’s fighting tooth and nail to
stay,” the source said.
“There are a lot of legal
difficulties that Marsh are having
to go through, and they are going
to take their time.
Another source claimed that
Marsh — horrified by the high-
profile incident — wants him
Sex romp man fights to save job
Mother of three Laura Singh,
who was missing for five days, is
undergoing medical assessments
after she was found in Wellsford
Ms Singh, who went missing from
her Greenlane home on Monday, was
found about 1pm.
communications manager Noreen
Hegarty said Ms Singh turned up
at a business in Wellsford and staff
People at her Greenlane home
yesterday declined to comment on
Ms Singh’s disappearance and said
she was still being checked over by
Detective Senior Sergeant Paul
Newman said the fact that she was
able to be reunited with her family
this weekend was a fantastic end to
a stressful week for all involved in
trying to find her.
“Laura will, as a matter of course, be
assessed by health practitioners and,
when the time is right, we will speak
with her to establish what ’s been
going on for the past four days.”
Her sister Angela Kneeshaw said
the family sincerely thanked the
public, police and the media for their
help finding her.
Ms Singh’s vehicle had also been
located and had been secured by
police. Colleagues at her Mt Eden
workplace said they were relieved she
had been found.
Appeals for information about Ms
Singh’s disappearance had reached
more than 80,000 people.
Mr Newman said officers had not
seen any indication of foul play at Ms
She had been having a text
conversation with a friend until just
Billboards appealing for sightings
were due to be put up around
Auckland courtesy of NZME and
the Department of Conser vation had
been asked to distribute flyers to its
North Island field staff.
disappearance was totally out of
Medical assessments after mum found
About 100 volunteers are
working frantically to save what
is left of a pod of stranded pilot
whales near Nelson this morning.
Yesterday the Department of
Conser vation worked through
the day to rescue 198 pilot
whales, which had become
stranded 6km along Farewell
Spit at Golden Bay.
Andrew Lamason of the
Department of Conser vation
said there were about 100
volunteers at the beach.
“ We’ve got volunteers out there
and we have been directing more
people out there. We have been
receiving a lot of calls, we are
down to about 60 whales still
alive, and needing assistance.
“ We have been asking people if
they can head out with buckets,
spades and any old sheets they
might have. ”
Mr Lamason said of the 198
whales which were initially
stranded, 70 had died by 11pm
“So whales that have been re-
floated, they ’ve swum out, come
back in to different spots, and
died on the beach. ”
DOC said it was plausible
pilot whales’ echo-location was
not well-suited to gently sloping
waters as they usually preferred
steep areas such as continental
Seventy whales dead, 100 volunteers fighting
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